There’s A Diesel Jeep Wrangler In The Works And It’s Coming Soon
Military organizations around the world have been driving diesel Jeep Wranglers for decades, but consumers in the USA have been left out — until now. The 3L V6 EcoDiesel Wrangler will hit dealer lots later this year. The new Wrangler engine and eight-speed transmission are the ones found in the original 2020 RAM 1500 EcoDiesel.
The RAM EcoDiesel trucks should hit dealer lots around the same time as the new EcoDiesel Wranglers: “late this year,” according to a Jeep source. The engine, which could also be found in the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel, gives the Wrangler a 260 horsepower and 442 lb-ft of torque. It compares favorably—especially when it comes to the torque front—to the Wrangler’s gas engine options, a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four which makes 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque and also a 3.6-liter V-6 which produces a 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.
Both of the gas engine options are now offered in either a conventional or an eTorque hybrid forms for 2020. Based on the spy photos available, the diesel will be identifiable by a “3.0 D” badge. Two things to remember with the Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel is that it will only be available on the four-door Wrangler models and it will only be available with an automatic transmission.
Jeep Wrangler: Diesel Power
While the Wrangler diesel will offer less torque than the Ram, it will give the same 260 horsepower as the RAM. The Wrangler diesel will provide drivers with a 442 pound-feet of torque, which is pretty amazing. The torque will be high for hauling or towing heavy loads, and it will be super useful off-road as well.
The 260 horsepower is similar to other Wrangler engine options (270 horsepower with 2L I4 and 285 horsepower with 3.6L V6). In this regard, there won’t be much of a downside to the diesel, which is useful when considering that it’s usually an issue on other vehicles. The diesel that comes standard includes an engine start-stop system, according to gearjunkie.com and the eight-speed automatic transmission is a new set up that handles the engine’s increased torque output.
As with all other Wrangler models, four-wheel drive is standard on the diesel. There are multiple transfer-case and differential configurations available for various levels of off-road capability. As for the Diesel Jeep Wrangler, the question remains as Jeep hasn’t announced the towing specs, the pricing, or the fuel economy numbers for the Wrangler EcoDiesel.
The V6 Wrangler can tow up to 3,500 pounds. The RAM 1500 towing capacity went up about 20 percent (a massive 2,560 pounds) with the EcoDiesel option, so it’s expected that we’ll see the Wrangler go up significantly as well. A 20-percent increase in the Wrangler would net you 4,200-pound towing capacity.
As for the fuel economy, it hasn’t been announced for the RAM 1500 EcoDiesel yet, but there is speculation that it should be around 25 mpg average. The best current fuel economy in the Wrangler is from the turbocharged 2L I4 gas motor, with a 21mpg combined rating. Gearjunkie guesses that the EcoDiesel in the Wrangler will do considerably better than that.
More Diesel for Jeep
It’s good to remember that the Jeep has already announced that the new EcoDiesel will also come to the Gladiator sometime next year. Buyers who are excited about this new addition, are hopeful that it will also be available in the RAM ProMaster sometime soon too because of vans shouldn’t be discarded.